Well, January has ended, and February has begun. I wasn’t able to keep up with my weekly blog post. Life got so busy as it always does. For the month of January, I worked 8 days, attended both Quilt guild meetings, attended 5 sewing classes, went on a 4-day cruise to Mexico, attended Road to California for 3 days plus other life events.
Between all that I was preparing for a Quilt show that one of the guilds I belong to hosted. I pretty much have all my nine quilt entries quilted. I just needed to applique the centers of my flower quilt, complete some hand beading on my patriotic wall hanging, attach some bindings, quilt labels and quilt sleeves. That’s all…
The show was a lot of work and I think it was a big success. We had several quilt challenges. First was the portrait quilt. We had a featured artist Ramsess from Los Angeles. He was the person that taught our guild members the technique of portrait quilting. The next quilt challenge was a Holiday quilt (any size). I made two wall hangings and a table runner. And the final quilt challenge was a quilt for a First Responder. My First Responder quilt was made for my long-time friend and Fire Fighter, Anthony Crowell. He retired in May 2018. I made him a Raider quilt. I made Anthony a Raider quilt because I wanted to give him something he would love. And I know he loves his Raiders.
I attended Road to California in Ontario, CA. I didn’t realize how far Ontario was from Los Angeles, but its far. The quilt show was big. I was there for three days. The first day, Friday, I got there around noon. I decided I was going to just look at the quilts on Friday then the vendor Saturday and Sunday. I was surprise on the number of quilts at the show. There wasn’t as many quilts at the show as I thought there would be. The workmanship was amazing on most of the quilts. I figure these quilters probably work on these entries for the entire year. The detail in some of the quilts was so incredible. I can only shake my head. My favorite was the tribute to Prince. It was a Purple Rain of Prince proportions. But there was a lot of vendors. These vendors came from all over the United States and beyond. Almost, every quilt supplier had a booth at this event. They were selling everything from all brands of sewing machines, longarm, embroidery machines. All the quilting accessories from fabric, panels, thread, scissors, pattern, rulers, trims, wool, books and any kind of quilting gadget you can think of, it was there.
I think I was good for the most point. I bought a set of Kai serrated scissors. Everyone was telling me that there the best. One of the things that I want to do is upgrade my tools. I bought three templates from Missouri Star Quilt Company’s booth. I bought Ideal Sean Guide from Sew Very Smooth. I bought some chenille bias tape from Chenille-It. I bought a couple of hangers for small quilts from Simply Put. I was trying not to buy fabric, but I did buy a few panels. I hope that doesn’t count as fabric because it was hard to go by all these vendors and not buy something.
I also took a class at the quilt show, Explore the World of English Paper Piecing: Curves by Michele Crawford, Flower Box Quilts. One of the things that I’m trying to do in my quilting journey is to learn new things. I don’t want to become a one trick pony. And I like the idea of being able to work on projects that don’t require me to always bring out my sewing machine. The class description said it was for beginner to advance, so I took it. Although I did learn the concept of English Paper Piecing, I was saddened that the instructor was not that knowledgeable on doing curves. She was referring to an instructional book and she admitted that the sample for the class was her first time doing curves and she could not do the clamshell which was the third project. Needless to say, it was too bad, to spend the money for a class and the instructor failed to know the technique. But my neighbor helped me get the hang of it. You will see my handy work soon.